SDIS Programs & Services

SDIS Insurance Programs
insurance   Special Districts Insurance Services (SDIS) Trust, administered by SDAO, offers members the most comprehensive and affordable coverage available to Oregon special districts. Coverage is tailored to fit the needs of special districts by including coverage enhancements that are only made available by traditional insurance companies for an extra charge. SDAO members are owners of the program and all surplus revenues are invested into stabilizing rates and providing enhanced services.  This outstanding coverage, service and value is why nearly 90% of Oregon special districts have chosen SDIS to take care of their coverage needs. more...
SDIS Best Practices Program

The SDIS Best Practices Program is available to all SDIS Property Casualty Program participants. Its purpose is to assist districts with implementing best practices to mitigate risk in areas of high exposure. This year’s program offers each district up to a 10% credit on 2018 general liability, auto liability, and property insurance contributions by completing requirements in the following five credit categories. More...

Safety & Security Grant Program
  The SDIS Safety & Security Grant Program assists members with funding of safety and security projects that lead to reduced exposure in high-level claims categories. It is our goal to eliminate or lower risk to the SDIS insurance program by supporting members’ proactive approaches to preventing loss.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 SDIS Safety & Security Grant Program. Priority will be given to SDIS workers’ compensation program participants with projects that focus on mitigating exposure to musculoskeletal injuries. SDIS property casualty participants are also eligible to apply*. more...
Background Check and Drug-Free Workplace Programs
  SDAO and BIO-MED Testing Services have developed two customized programs to assist SDAO members in developing and maintaining an effective drug-free workplace and conducting pre-employment screenings through criminal history background checks. more...
Special District Board Practices Assessment

  SDIS provides programs and consulting services designed to help member districts monitor and improve their risk management capabilities. The Board Practices Assessment (BPA) shows district boards how they rate in six key areas of risk management. The BPA reveals how a board performs in such areas as communications, customer relations, personnel, operations, etc. Results of the BPA underscore the significant link between a board’s performance and their district’s risk management experience. Simply put, good board practices lead to sound risk management. more...
HR Advantage Program


SDAO members enrolled in the SDIS general liability program now have expanded access to human resources assistance. SDIS has teamed with HR Answers, Inc. to provide various human resources services to members. Your benefits may include:

  • Review of current materials, identification of additional needed material, and samples of:
    • Employee handbooks
    • District policies
    • HR forms
  • Assistance with job descriptions including:
    • Provision of sample formats
    • Sample descriptions for typical district positions
    • Critique and editing of current job descriptions already in place
  • Monthly electronic newsletter and alerts that provide a wide range of HR information, tips, and case law notifications
  • Access to HR Answers’ downloadable resource guides

To access any of these services, please contact Luanne Richey at 800-285-5461 ext 113 or Spencer Rockwell at ext 132.

Management Consulting Service Program
consulting   This program offers SDAO members assistance in a variety of critical issues including planning, public and media relations, human resource management, policy development, and best practices.  Member districts are eligible for up to eight hours of free consulting services provided by a team of staff consultants working under SDAO’s pre-arranged fee schedule and direction.  After the eight hours of free service is exhausted, members will have the option of continuing consulting services at an hourly rate. more...
Claims Administration
claims   SDAO's Claims Department staff consists of nine property/casualty and nine workers’ compensation claims consultants averaging over twenty years experience per consultant. We have more experience handling public entity claims than any organization within the state. Our claims office is located in Tigard, Oregon allowing consultants to be anywhere in the state on a moments notice. more...
Onsite Loss Control Consultations
loss control   SDAO's Risk Management staff has a broad range of experience with risk management needs on all types of exposures. Free services such as onsite loss control consultations are available to members participating in the SDIS general liability or workers’ compensation insurance programs.  Our full-time consulting staff constantly travels the state helping members identify hazards at their district.  Following a visit, members receive written recommendations for resolving anything that may cause injury or harm. In addition, we have a large number of contracted consultants who are specialists in a wide variety of safety and risk management issues. more...
Pre-Loss Legal Services
pre loss legal   Funds are put aside each year for free member legal advice on any issue that a member believes may lead to a lawsuit. We are confident that this proactive approach to getting members the best legal advice available in advance of making decisions has greatly reduced the number of lawsuits. In addition to being free of charge for members enrolled in the property/casualty program, most employment practices deductibles are waived if this service is used before making a termination decision. more...